Second, Airphil has some kind of a bad reputation, at least on my mind. Super delayed flights and flight mishaps = Airphil (and ZestAir ;p). I know that Cebu Pacific has its own share of mortifying stories but it's always been Ariphil that comes to mind when bad airlines are being talked about. Here's why: last February, an Airphil plane ran off the runway in Caticlan.
We were the first ones to arrive at the Francisco B. Reyes Airport for the 3:05 PM flight. We sipped cups of overpriced coffee and ate those yucky hotdog sandwiches just to silence our growling stomachs while waiting for the Q300 plane that would take us back to Manila. I was quiet the whole time while waiting and observing other people (I love people-watching ♥).
Our companions who took the 12:05 P.M. Airphil Express flight informed us that Cebu Pacific cancelled their MNL-BUS flight due to bad weather. We were hoping Airphil wouldn't follow suit.
An Airphil staff announced that the plane would land at 02:35 P.M. Sighs of relief everywhere, yo! XD
Not exactly on the dot but the plane landed safely. We waited for the passengers from Manila to get off the plane (took about 10 minutes) + baggage + pilot and staff going to the rest room or whatnot.
The ground staff instructed us to to fall in line. Rows 20 to 10 first, then rows 9 to 1. It was drizzling outside but Airphil provided umbrellas for the passengers.
The plane was ready to take off 10 minutes earlier than scheduled. I was impressed. Perhaps it was because everything seemed so systematic! Starting from the passengers alighting from the plane, to the unloading of baggage, to the loading of the next batch of baggage and onto the instructing of the next pool of passengers. Everything was organized. I'm not sure if this is also due to the fact that the Busuanga airport is soooo small it's just plain dumb not to be organized. Very simple process and less hooplas compared to the NAIA Terminal 3. Whatever it is, thumbs up to Airphil and F.B Reyes Airport!
So no delayed flights or similar incidents yet. I told myself it's too early to be impressed because the real deal's on when the plane gets off the runway and into the big blue sky. I had the window seat in row 9 and had the perfect view of the plane's propeller. It looked, uhm, old -- with patches of paint to cover aesthetic flaws. Then I looked around and noticed that the window edges were dirty, and so were the seats. Should be the least of my concerns, really, but couldn't help but notice even the minutest of details :O
When the plane finally took off, I noticed that the sounds from the propeller or probably the engine were too loud. Toto, who was sitting beside me, noticed the same thing. I don't think it's because we were seated near the propeller, because I remember being seated in the same row when I flew with Cebu Pacific last time and it as wasn't noisy as this. The sounds made me feel like the whole flight was shaky.
The plane landed in NAIA safely, thank God. Here's a video of our landing last June 03, 2012.
♥ Not delayed!
♥ Very orderly in Busuanga airport
♥ Brave pilots*
*it would have been a different story had we flown with Ceb Pac, which is kinda notorious for being easily frightened even by the slightest hint of rain
The Not so Good
x Kinda dirty plane
x Shaky and noisy
x No quick orientation*
*I was so used to Cebu Pacific giving instructions on what to do in case of emergency. Even if Airphil knows that nobody listens to the FAs, I think it's still an SOP.